• John Armstrong

    John Armstrong

    John Armstrong was born in Glasgow, educated in Oxford and London and moved to Australia in 2001. He is the author of nine books, including In Search of Civilisation, Love Life Goethe, The Secret Power of Beauty, How to Worry Less About Money, Life Lessons in Nietzsche. For five years he was Senior Advisor in The Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne. In 2014 he became a Professorial Fellow at the University of Tasmania. John works closely with The School of Life and the news website The Philosophers’ Mail. His latest book Art as Therapy was written jointly with Alain de Botton.

  • Diane Coyle

    Diane Coyle

    Diane is Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust and was a member of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007-2012, and a member of the Competition Commission from 2001-2009. She is also a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and, from September 2014, Professor of Economics at Manchester University. She specialises in competition analysis and the economics of new technologies and globalisation. Diane is the author of several books, including The Economics of Enough (2011), The Soulful Science (2007), Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002), Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001), Governing the World Economy (2000) and The Weightless World (1997). She has also published numerous, reports and articles, and was formerly a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's Analysis. She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and before that worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard. Diane was awarded the OBE in January 2009.

  • Alain de Botton

    Alain de Botton

    Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland and now lives in London. He is a writer of a number of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' Alain has written on love, travel, architecture and literature, including the titles 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' and 'The Consolations of Philosophy.' His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. He is the founder of Living Architecture, a social enterprise that asks top architects to build holiday homes for rental around the UK. His latest book, published in February 2014, is titled The News: A User’s Manual. He is also the founder and Chairman of The School of Life.

  • Ola Adeosun

    Ola Adeosun

    Wealth Planner, LGT Vestra Ola is a Senior Wealth Planner at LGT Vestra. Ola works alongside the investment managers to provide specialist advice to clients in all areas of wealth planning to meet with their objectives. Previously, Ola held a similar position at Killik & Co. where he was also responsible for advising the firms’ international client base on their wealth structuring needs. He is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. He is also a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners with additional qualifications on advising UK connected international clients and family owned businesses.

  • Duncan Carmichael-Jack

    Duncan Carmichael-Jack

    Partner, LGT Vestra Duncan is a Partner at LGT Vestra, managing portfolios for Individuals, Trusts and Charities including a number of clients with ethical restrictions. He also manages the Elite Balanced and Elite Income Unit Trusts for which he was awarded an AA Citywire rating in 2007. Duncan joined LGT Vestra from UBS where he held the position of Joint-Head of UBS UK Ltd. He previously worked at investment boutique Laing & Cruickshank where he held the role of Investment Manager, having spent 5 years at Credit Suisse Asset Management as an equity fund manager.

  • Oliver James

    Oliver James

    Oliver James is a Chartered Clinical and Occupational Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society. He is registered as a Psychotherapist with the John Bowlby Centre. Since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist, broadcaster and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include the best-selling Affluenza, How Not to F*** Them Up and Britain on the Couch, which was also a successful documentary series for Channel 4. He is a trustee of the Alzheimer’s charity, SPECAL and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two small children.

  • David Jenkins

    David Jenkins

    After spending years in catering, David Jenkins thought event catering was a stressful and messy industry, one he had little desire to pursue. After a short stint in a junior, admin-heavy marketing role, David found the long and linear career progression prospects disheartening, so he quit and started a sushi delivery business. From humble beginnings, operating out of the communal kitchen he shared with his housemates, four years later David has three businesses; Sushi Rolls, Feastly and The Vegan Alternative.

  • Chris Fung

    Chris Fung

    Having been CEO for Crussh – Fit Food & Juice Bars for over a decade and sitting on the Board of multiple start-ups, Chris is now Board Champion Director, a role he created himself. Chris champions and advises entrepreneurs and businesses, putting the entrepreneur first to ensure businesses are sustainable and successful in the long term.

  • Susan Quilliam

    Susan Quilliam

    Susan is a British relationship expert who specialises in love and sexuality. She works as an advice columnist, writer, broadcaster, consultant, trainer and coach. Quilliam is associated with several relationship organisations, including Relate and the Family Planning Association, and is the author of 22 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages. Born in Liverpool in 1950, Susan gained her Psychology degree at the University of Liverpool in 1971 followed by a PGCE at Christ's College of Education in 1972. She then taught English and Personal, Health and Social Education (PSHE) in secondary and further education between 1972-1979 before moving to London to work in educational publishing until 1983. In 1983 she established Jonquil Publishing (later The Chalkface Project), a publishing company specialising in Personal and Social Education, whilst concurrently working freelance as a writer on relationships and sexuality. This later part of her career developed through advice-giving work as an agony aunt to various publications including Good Housekeeping, which brought a high level media profile.

  • Rachel and Michael George

    Rachel and Michael George

    After meeting in 6th form 12 years ago, Rachel and Michael George are now married with a young family and have recently started their own biltong company. Their USP allows customers to trace their biltong back to the individual animal it came from.

  • Jenny Tozer

    Jenny Tozer

    Partner, LGT Vestra Jenny is a Partner at LGT Vestra and joined in 2009. She is responsible for advising UK resident domiciled and non-domiciled high net worth clients, trusts and charities. Jenny specialises in global asset allocation and portfolio construction and is a member of LGT Vestra's Investment Committee. Prior to LGT Vestra she spent ten years with management consultants Booz Allen & Hamilton specialising in global asset management and financial services. She began her career at stockbroker Hoare Govett in 1986. Jenny holds a PPE from Melbourne University and MBA (IMD). She is also a qualified financial planner and discretionary investment manager.

  • Andrew Needham

    Andrew Needham

    CEO, Headbox Andrew has successfully set up and managed companies across the fields of publishing, social technology and consumer research working as both an entrepreneur and a corporate leader within blue chip business environments. More recently he was the CEO of Face & Pulsar a global tech driven insight consultancy with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong that he built to annual sales of over £8M that he sold to Cello Group Plc in 2012. As part of Face, Andrew launched Pulsar, a global social data analytics platform, to an enterprise level that in 2014, its first year delivered £2.5M in SaaS sales and over 100 clients.

  • Mark Vernon

    Mark used to be a priest in the Church of England and is now a writer, pursuing the ancient philosophers’ great question, how to live? His books cover subjects from friendship and belief, to wellbeing and meaning, and he edits two series from Acumen, The Art of Living and Heretics. He also writes as a journalist, appearing regularly in the Guardian, TLS, Church Times and on the BBC. He is a keen blogger, and has appeared on a wide range of platforms including at the Hay, Edinburgh International, Oxford and Dartington book festivals. His books have appeared in translation around the world. His studies began with a degree in physics, before two degrees in theology, followed by a PhD in philosophy – an academic journey that took him from the universities of Durham and Oxford to Warwick. Having lived in Germany, the North East of England, and spent extended periods of time in France, he now lives in south London.

  • Joanna Santinon

    Joanna Santinon

    Partner, EY Joanna has been a tax partner at EY for the last 19 years. She is the partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year UK, a global programme that helps and supports entrepreneurs build successful and sustainable businesses in more than 145 cities in approximately 60 countries.

  • Robert Rowland Smith

    Robert Rowland Smith

    Robert spent the first part of his career as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and the second as a partner in a leading firm of management consultants. He has published on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis, including Derrida and Autobiography; and is the author of two books, 'Breakfast with Socrates' and the follow up 'Driving with Plato.' He has lectured at universities throughout the UK, France, Norway, and California; in the 1990s the British Council invited him on a lecture tour of the new Europe. He was closely involved with the Amnesty Lectures that brought the world’s most famous thinkers to Oxford, and was fortunate enough to count Jacques Derrida among his friends. In recent years, Robert has spoken at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Hayward Gallery, the French Institute, and the London School of Economics. He has written for The Independent, been profiled in The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, contributed to books on philosophy for children, and broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Robert now divides his time between consulting, writing, and giving talks about the philosophy of life.

  • Juliet Turnbull

    Juliet Turnbull

    Founder and CEO, 2to3days.com Juliet is a former chartered surveyor, property consultant and business coach. As a mother with young children at home, she saw how hard it was for even the most capable and experienced professionals to find fulfilling part-time work. Juliet founded 2to3days.com, a platform that matches and connects employers to highly capable mothers who what to do a stimulating job on a part-time flexible basis.

  • Timothy Han

    Founder, Timonthy Han/Edtition Timothy worked for John Galliano as an assistant before starting a luxury sustainable candle company. F Tired of perfumes that lack personality, Timothy creates fragrances with integrity. Edition Perfumes weave together the purest natural ingredients to create unique sensory stores.

  • Noreena Hertz

    Noreena Hertz

    Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author and strategist who advises some of the world’s top CEOs and Presidents on economic, geopolitical and business decisions. She graduated from university at 19 and by 23 was advising the Russian government on its economic reforms. At 29 she was working with the governments of Israel, Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan on the Middle East Peace Process. Described by the Observer as “one of the world's leading young thinkers” and Vogue as “one of the world's most inspiring women”, Noreena has been featured on the Cover of Newsweek and is celebrated for her visionary ideas. In The Debt Threat, she predicted the 2008 financial crisis, and in The Silent Takeover, she anticipated that unregulated markets and massive financial institutions would have serious global repercussions. Her latest book Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World was published in 2013 to global acclaim. Her books are translated into 18 languages and Noreena contributes to a wide range of organisations including The BBC, CNN, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the FT, the Guardian, The Washington Post, The Times, Wired, and Nature. She has given Keynote speeches at TED and The World Economic Forum, and has shared platforms with such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Ken Robinson. Her work was the inspiration for Bono's (RED) campaign and she sits on various corporate and charitable boards. Professor Hertz is based at University College London.

  • Jonathan Marriott

    Jonathan Marriott

    CIO, LGT Vestra With over 30 years' investment experience, Jonathan is LGT Vestra's Chief Investment Officer. He is also responsible for managing discretionary portfolios within the Private Office team. Prior to joining LGT Vestra, he worked for Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management division, latterly as Head of Portfolio Management for the UK. He has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. In 2012, Citywire Wealth Manager listed him in the Top 100 Wealth Managers in the UK.

  • David Scott

    David Scott

    Chairman, David founded Vestra Wealth (now LGT Vestra) in 2007 to provide a transparent client focused wealth management business. David has over 30 year's experience in advising clients on their wealth and broader financial affairs. Immediately prior to Vestra, he was Managing Director of UBS responsible for the High Net Worth business in the UK. UBS had acquired Scott Goodman Harris in 2004, which David co-founded and managed.

  • Brian McRitchie

    Brian McRitchie

    Partner, LGT Vestra Brian is a partner at LGT Vestra and is part of the Private Office, where he specialises in financial advice to entrepreneurs and their families. Having been a successful entrepreneur himself, he has 25 years' experience of working with some of the best known business founders and the wealthiest families. Brian took early retirement after selling his business interests, before deciding to join Credit Suisse to lead the team looking after the banking needs of entrepreneurs.

  • Yulia Rorstrom

    Yulia Rorstrom

    CEO and Founder, Duck and Dry Yulia is passionate about beauty and entrepreneurship and had a desire to create an exciting new brand. She left her career in finance and set out to create modern styling destination. In 2014, Yulia founded Duck & Dry, opening the flagship store and has sience gone on to open another store on Oxford Street. Yulia has also developed a range of hair care and styling essentials for Duck and Dry.

  • David Lane

    David Lane

    Partner and Business Development Technical Director, LGT Vestra David is a Partner and Business Development Technical Director at LGT Vestra, joining from AXA where he was a Senior Technical Consultant based in Central London. David specialises in providing technical consultancy services to IFAs, lawyers and accountants focusing primarily on UK pensions, tax and trusts and general financial planning. David holds a masters degree in Modern History from Kings College London and is a Chartered Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

  • Natasa Williams

    Natasa Williams

    Partner, LGT Vestra Nataša is a Partner at LGT Vestra and also Head of the Private Office. Nataša has spent nine years as a client adviser both at UBS and later at Deutsche Bank where she ran one of the Ultra High Net Worth teams in London. Prior to wealth management, Nataša worked as a mergers and acquisitions banker focusing on financial institutions. Nataša holds an MA from Cambridge University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).

  • Jordan Buck

    Jordan Buck

    Investment Manager, LGT Vestra Jordan is a member of LGT Vestra's Private Office team where he provides strategic advice to Ultra High Net Worth individuals with entrepreneurial and investment interests in private assets, private equity and venture capital. He also sits on the private equity funds investment committee. Prior to joining LGT Vestra, Jordan worked for a mid-size independent corporate finance firm in the US and KPMG Corporate Finance in the UK, acting in a lead advisory capacity to businesses undertaking mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity raising and corporate change. He has also coached technology startups and sits on the investment selection panel of a leading accelerator and angel network. Jordan is a chartered accountant (ICAEW) and graduated from The University of Nottingham. He is a Freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.